IUPUI students who are serious about sustainability and environmental issues should consider degree or certificate programs related to the field. Our campus offers a variety of ways to study sustainability across nearly every school. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, you can gain knowledge and experience in sustainability through numerous degree programs at IUPUI.
Sustainability programs for undergraduate and graduate students
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Energy engineers discover valuable renewable energy sources that free us from dependency on quickly-depleting materials. They reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are hazardous to humans and the environment. And they eliminate waste by making our world more energy-efficient.
This broad field of engineering deals with energy efficiency, energy services, facility management, environmental compliance and alternative energy technologies. Energy engineers creatively apply their knowledge of science (physics and chemistry), engineering (electrical and mechanical) and economics to confront the global challenges of energy supply and demand.
This program prepares students for graduate studies and for a variety of careers with emphasis on investigation of the environment by federal and state agencies, industry, and consulting firms. The program allows flexibility to accommodate the needs and interests of all students by offering three concentration routes:
- Earth and Water Resources
- Environmental Management
- Environmental Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
Organizations—now more than ever—need employees who know how to address sustainability issues and conserve the environment. With a major in Sustainable Management and Policy, you’ll learn how to develop and implement policies that help communities meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. The major is part of the BSPA degree, which will give you the flexibility of working in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.
The major will give you a strong public affairs foundation so that you have a practical understanding of economics, policy analysis, management, and urban policy. In your sustainability classes, you’ll examine the latest environmental topics from all angles and learn from industry experts and scholars.
The natural and built environment impacts human health – from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the places we live and work.
Our curriculum integrates prevention strategies, global health, sustainability and health, and preparing for and responding to emergencies.
This degree prepares students to:
- Begin a career in health protection and injury and disease prevention;
- Apply to advanced degree programs in public health and related fields; and,
- Prepare for further training in medicine or other clinical fields.
The Earth Sciences Secondary Teaching (B.A.) provides preparation for teaching science in middle school through high school with a bachelor's degree through the School of Science and a minor in education.
Field experiences and clinical practice allow you to apply knowledge, skills and dispositions in many settings, and you can work with students from different ethnic, racial, gender and socioeconomic groups. These early and ongoing school-based opportunities allow you to observe, assist, tutor, instruct or conduct applied research.
The minor in environmental health science is designed to introduce students to selected aspects of current thinking on the nature, causes, and solutions of environmental public health problems. After completing the initial survey course on environmental health (PBHL-A 316), students select two courses from the Health Protection Fundamentals list, followed by two courses from the Applications list.
This minor will provide you with a general overview and context of the basic principles and concepts of geology. This minor is a good option for people who are interested in geology but do not wish to pursue a career in the earth sciences, as it is designed to complement students majoring in other programs on campus related to the earth sciences.
Organizations—now more than ever—need employees who know how to address sustainability issues and conserve the environment. With a minor in Sustainable Management, you’ll learn how to develop and implement policies that help communities meet the needs of the present without compromising the future.
This certificate is designed to address a growing need for professionals who can contribute to the green global workforce with knowledge in sustainable practices in current technologies. The Sustainable Technologies Certificate will be beneficial to students who want to acquire knowledge in areas of renewable energies, green building, and sustainable design, and who may want to pursue a career in a sustainable technology. All of the Sustainable Technologies Certificate courses are offered online.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health will provide you with a foundation in public health theory and concepts, while also allowing you to choose one of two concentration options: Health Administration or Population Health Science.
Health Administration: Designed for students interested in learning about the administrative functions required to run public health and healthcare organizations. Completing the Certificate in Public Health-Health Administration will help prepare you for entry-level work in such organizations. Current public health professionals will find this Certificate to be a time-saving way to develop the additional skills needed for career advancement.
Population Health Science: Designed for students interested in learning more about the core areas of study in Public Health related to Population Health and integration of those concepts with various areas of discipline in healthcare and public health delivery systems. Completing the Certificate in Public Health-Population Health Science will help prepare graduates new to these fields for entry-level work in such organizations as well as provide additional skills to current public health professionals interested in career development.
Graduate Degree Programs
The Environmental Policy and Sustainability concentration prepares students with the ideas and technical skills needed to address the challenges and opportunities found in handling environmental and sustainability issues in cities, nonprofits, and corporations.
This Environmental Policy and Sustainability concentration leverages the expertise of our faculty and has an above average expected job growth average (11 percent) in the environmental fields between 2014 and 2024. Those projections are based on the heightened interest of the public in hazards caused by the environment and population growth.
The MPH provides a balance of applied science and real-world experience, ensuring our graduates are prepared public health leaders. Learn to identify risks to human health and the environment, and strategies for prevention. Our graduates are in responsible positions in industry, government, consultancies, and academia. The curriculum includes 45 credits comprised of the public health core, environmental health fundamentals like toxicology and risk assessment, electives, an internship, and final capstone project.
This exciting new master’s degree is the first of its kind in the world: it is the only academic degree available today designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the emerging field of product stewardship. Based in the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health’s Environmental Health Science department, the 30-credit degree can be completed as a part-time or full-time student. Students will take six credits of public health fundamentals, nine credits of environmental health science fundamentals and 15 credits of specialized product stewardship coursework that is taught by industry experts who helped invent the field. Classes are delivered online, in real time, as distance education courses.
The Masters of Science in Geographic Information Science (MS GIS) integrates a suite of core courses with internship and independent research experiences to provide advanced training in the field of Geographic Information Science and its applications. Students completing the MS GIS will:
- develop, manage and analyze spatial data using field and laboratory techniques
- engage the rapidly expanding body of literature devoted to spatial data analysis and the application of geographic technologies
- apply geographic technologies creatively in real-world settings to answer questions about spatial patterns and processes
This degree is designed for individuals interested in developing a better understanding of the law, but who do not wish to practice law or earn a J.D. degree. Knowledge about the law intersects with a wide array of other disciplines. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from among 150 courses, focusing on a variety of professions, including but not limited to:
- Employment and Human Resources
- Intellectual Property
- Health and Science
- Law Enforcement
- Environment & Natural Resources
- Government Regulations
- Legislative Initiatives
- Social Work
- Business and Corporate Affairs
- International Law
- Sports and Entertainment
Environmental Law is a growing and dynamic area of legal practice. IU McKinney’s Program in Environmental & Natural Resources (ENR) Law offers students the opportunity to examine complex issues in the news every day, including pollution control, energy and transportation policy, and environmental justice and equity, and resource development and conservation from a regional, national, and international perspective.
The Applied Earth Sciences Ph.D. program prepares students for academic positions or research and leadership positions in local, state, national, or private environmental organizations. The goal of the program is to prepare future researchers and leaders who assess complex environmental systems and assist in providing sound options and solutions for optimizing human-environment interactions.
Research specialization at the PhD level is supported by concentrations, which provide students with adequate technical expertise to excel in research and to be able to apply defined skills to a wide range of problems in applied earth sciences.
The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Graduate Certificate in Product Stewardship is a 15-credit hour program of study designed to meet the needs of working product stewards who wish to advance their careers by continuing their education. Completing the Graduate Certificate will provide you with a strong foundation in product stewardship theory and concepts. Graduates who are later accepted into the Fairbanks School of Public Health Master of Science in Product Stewardship (MSPS) degree may be able to apply credits earned in the Graduate Certificate in Product Stewardship toward the MSPS degree.
The potential benefits of energy efficiency are tremendous. According to the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, more than half of expected growth in demand for electricity and natural gas can be avoided over the next 15 years. Globally, new energy efficiency standard, ISO 50001, has been established and implemented. Accordingly, the Department of Energy (DOE) has developed Superior Energy Performance (SEP) criteria. The companies certified by the ISO 50001 may be granted with the SEP status, which will give the companies tremendous advantages to do business globally. The implementation of this new standard and concept requires a workforce with an expertise in energy management and efficiency. Experts in energy efficiency will be greatly needed for improving energy efficiency, energy auditing, and SEP certification.
This certificate program is designed to address industry's increased needs for engineers who have expertise in energy management and efficiency. It will prepare today's engineers to be competitive in taking on the new challenges of energy efficiency facing industry. The purpose of this new graduate-certificate program in mechanical engineering is to enable engineers to become certified in energy assessment without formally pursuing a graduate degree.
Development of the next generation of fuel-efficient and environmentally-responsible advanced electric drive vehicles is one of the nation’s top priorities. The State of Indiana plays a major role in the design, development, and manufacturing of these types of vehicles, such as electric vehicle (EV), hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) or plugin hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), or their components. This is a very technically intensive and competitive field that requires multidisciplinary approaches. Expertise in the HEV technology will be greatly needed to meet the demands in the hybrid vehicle sector of the automotive industry.
This certificate program is designed to address industry's increased needs for engineers having expertise in EV/HEV/PHEV. It will prepare today's engineers to be competitive in taking on the new challenges facing the industry so that the companies in automotive sector can compete globally.
Now more than ever, “T-shaped professionals” are in high demand for their ability to collaborate across disciplines, build relationships, and advance innovation. These contemporary workers are characterized by the possession of deep skills in a specialty as well as the knack for solving problems in other areas of expertise, allowing them to move beyond boundaries. The emerging field of Design Thinking responds to this paradigm shift as a human-centered approach to connecting the dots.
This certificate program introduces a mindset as well as core skills in creative problem solving that can be applied to any discipline or field. Knowing how to investigate innovative solutions will enable you to actively apply, connect, and produce knowledge that meets complex human needs.
The Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship is an 18-credit-hour program of study offered in partnership with the Kelley School of Business. Students must be admitted to the Master of Public Affairs program or the Master of Business Administration program at IUPUI to participate in this certificate program.
The certificate prepares students to innovatively approach public needs with a combination of entrepreneurial practices and social purposes—through the for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental sectors.
The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Graduate Certificate in Health Policy is